Orleans Bitter Ice Cider

MADE BY EDEN ICE CIDER COMPANY IN WEST CHARLESTON, VERMONT

MOUTH SAYS...

Full of bright berry flavor and an awesomely balanced, earthy bitterness, this ice cider is New England’s answer to Campari! It’s a super-concentrated “pre-dinner” aperitif, but rather than having a traditional grape-wine base, this one’s grounded in apple cider.

So what is ice cider? It’s a type of hard apple cider that was born in Quebec. It can be made a few different ways, but Eden starts by pressing local apples and leaving the juice out in the long, cold Northeastern winter. The water freezes (hence, the ice in ice cider), and what’s left is super-concentrated apple juice, to be fermented with Champagne yeast.

For the Orleans Bitter, the ice cider is infused with whole red currant for a gorgeous ruby-red color. Once strained, the concentrate is blended with dandelion, gentian and angelica bitters from Urban Moonshine (yay, maker collaboration!) and brought to proof with a little more ice cider.

Eden developed their Orleans line of aperitifs in collaboration with winemaker friend Deirdre Heekin. Deirdre became obsessed with aperitifs after a trip to Italy, and Eden was sitting on a surplus of apple juice concentrate leftover from ice cider production. Orleans became the perfect solution.

did you know?

Members of the Vermont Ice Cider Association craft their versions using the same strict rules that govern Quebec ice cidermaking, so you can be sure that Eden’s ice cider base is made from 100% Vermont-grown apples, without added sugars, colors or flavorings.

tip of the tongue

Try using Orleans Bitter instead of Campari in a negroni: Combine 1 oz Breuckelen Distilling Glorious Gin, 1 oz Orleans Bitter and 1 oz Vya Sweet Vermouth in a mixing glass and stir over ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist.

  • $45 for 750ml